The Upper Fells Point bar and restaurant Ryder’s closed last month, and a new bar called Happy Hour Heaven has quietly opened in its place.
Malcolm Mitchell, a “Food Network Star” contestant, opened Ryder’s at 1901 Gough St. in May 2016. He moved to Richmond, Va., and was no longer associated with the business as of last fall.
Happy Hour Heaven wasn’t supposed to debut until March, said operator Jonathan Joseph, but he opened the doors Jan. 31 because residents already missed having a casual bar on the corner of Gough and South Wolfe streets.
“The neighborhood kept asking, ‘When are you guys opening?’” Joseph said.
A veteran of Washington’s restaurant industry, Joseph said his goal with Happy Hour Heaven is to serve Upper Fells Point first.
“We want to be the neighborhood bar,” said Joseph, who grew up in Boston and recently moved to Baltimore. “We want to be whatever they want us to be.”
At Happy Hour Heaven, “it’s always happy hour,” Joseph said, which means there’s no designated happy hour time. Instead, the menu is constructed in a familiar, happy hour-style. There are $4, $6 and $8 options for food and drinks, he said.
There are also weekday specials: 75-cent wings on Mondays, $5 burgers on Tuesdays and half-price bottles of wine on Wednesdays. In a few weeks, he’ll launch weekend brunch service.
The bar, which will host a grand opening party in March, also serves special cocktails, beer and wine. Joseph said he’s open to suggestions from customers on what he should carry.
“We’re definitely open to bringing in local beers and local products,” he said.
Happy Hour Heaven is open 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday; 4 p.m.-11 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday; 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday-Saturday.
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